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Keys to the Game: Celtics 104, Pistons 98

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Key Moment

Jaylen Brown is Mr. Fourth Quarter for the Celtics. At least for one night.

Brown canned a critical 3-pointer from right in front of Boston’s bench with 37.6 seconds left Sunday night to push the Celtics ahead, 98-96. His basket came off of a dish from Al Horford, who had taken the ball off the dribble from the top of the key and kicked out to Brown for the catch-and-shoot jumper.

Boston sealed the game with six free throws during the final 37-plus seconds to polish off a 104-98 win. Have we not quenched your thirst yet regarding the big shot? Don’t worry. We’ll have plenty more coverage coming up, so stay tuned.

Key Player

Five Celtics scored in double-figures Sunday night in Detroit. But only one of them notched a double-double.

That player’s name is Jae Crowder, who notched his third double-double of the season with 14 points and a team-best 11 boards.

Crowder tied for the team high in two other categories as well. He dished out five assists, tying Al Horford for the team’s best mark, all while committing no turnovers. He also attempted nine free throws, making seven, to tie Isaiah Thomas for the team’s top total.

Crowder’s 11 boards set a new season high, and his five assists fell just one tally shy of matching his season high. The versatile forward also contributed a steal during his 33-plus minutes of action.

Box Score Nuggets

  • Boston shot exactly 40.0 percent from the field and exactly 80.0 percent from the free-throw line.
  • The Celtics scored 27 points during each of the first two quarters, and 25 points during each of the final two quarters.
  • Detroit shot a woeful 16-for-35 from the free-throw line, good (bad?) for a 45.7 percent clip.
  • Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 33 points.
  • All five of Detroit's starters scored in double-figures, led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's 18 points.
  • Andre Drummond grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to go along with 17 points.
  • Marcus Smart (14 points) and Terry Rozier (13 points) combined to outscore Detroit's entire bench (20 points).
  • Both teams made 12 free throws.
  • Jae Crowder logged a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Boston outscored Detroit 40-28 in the paint.
  • Al Horford and Amir Johnson each grabbed nine rebounds.
  • Horford and Crowder tied for the team high in assists with five apiece.
  • Reggie Jackson's six assists led the game.

Quote of the Night

When I need to, I can get the ball.

Marcus Smart on his critical offensive rebounds during the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

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